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Max: Hold it, Sam. Is this turning into one of those shows where we sit around and reminisce, thereby recouping eighty percent of the episode cost, via the use of clips and archive footage?
Sam: Yes it is, Max. Now stop talking, stupid, it's costing money.

An episode which consists mainly of fragments (clips) of previous episodes. Usually has a theme: for example, to highlight a character's development over the years, or show the relationship between characters. Sometimes, however, it won't be shown that the events take place in the past, but they are shown as appearing directly one after another.


Clip shows can be used to stretch the budget — they utilize footage already shot, thus needing only narrative glue money for the episode. In that sense, they are similar to a Bottle Episode. They can also be used to stretch the story — when a show's episode order is suddenly expanded after its early episodes prove popular, but the writers don't have enough story to fill quite that many episodes, clip shows are a popular recourse.

Sometimes regular episodes turn into clip shows when they are localized for other markets, as it's simple and inexpensive to edit in recap segments made up of clips from prior episodes to replace the gaps made when nudity and other risqué content is deleted. (Occasionally this can even happen before an episode is aired in the original market, as was the case with Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann's infamous Hot Springs Episode.)


One place you might see a clip show is in the second-to-last episode of a season; it's used to conserve the last of the season's budget, so they can blow the wad on a kickass finale.

When a clip show is used to sum up a season or storyline, it is a Recap Episode.

Clip shows were more appreciated by viewers in the days before reruns, syndication, and videotapes/DVDs provided an alternative way for them to revisit the old moments of their shows. There were even theatrical films that served as these, most famously the That's Entertainment! films in the 1970s. In those days, they were less likely to get today's cynical reaction, "They've just done it to save money." They still occasionally emerge in today's TV productions, though mainly in children's programming. In the rare occasion where they manifest in adult scripted programming (such as occurred with Alias) they are usually built into an ongoing story arc. Otherwise, bottle shows are more likely to be produced these days. Due to their low popularity, clip shows are practically more parodied than played straight these days—a very common choice is to have a clip show setup, only for the actual clips to be from stories and events we never actually saw, or be comically off from the ones we did see.


A variant on the clip show are the recap or catch-up specials that often precede new-season premieres for arc-heavy series that serve to help new and returning viewers understand the storyline so far. Shows that have done these sorts of specials in recent years (they are rarely considered regular episodes) have included Farscape, Lost (several), Once Upon a Time, Doctor Who and Game of Thrones. Often, these specials are documentaries, with narration or on-screen introductions by cast members; occasionally, however, the actors appear in character (or, as occurred with the Farscape: Undressed, there was a mixture of both).

When previous clips of a single character's line or action are played out in rapid succession (such as Homer's "D'oh" sequence in So It's Come To This: A Simpsons Clip Show), that's a Fully Automatic Clip Show.

Compare this to the use of the Magical Security Cam. Also, the Voiceover Clip Show, which is simply a cheap/lazy way of making factual entertainment shows. For instances of a feature-length film essentially being a Clip Show, see Compilation Movie.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Black Clover has an unusually high number of these. Episodes 29, 66 and 102 are all recaps.
  • Robotech:
    • The Macross segment featured two clip show episodes adapted directly from the Japanese series, which had to use clip shows to fill space after its order was suddenly expanded from 23 to 36 episodes early in the season. One episode had an expertly edited dream sequence episode formed mainly of clips, with new dialogue, which flowed into each other in a very accurate rendition of dream logic. The other was the episode "Gloval's Report," which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: Captain Gloval reporting the major milestones of the series thus far to his superiors. ("Gloval's Report" was also expanded into a Compilation Movie, Codename: Robotech, for broadcast to build interest in advance of the show beginning its syndication run.)
    • The New Generation episode called "Sandstorm" is another clip show adapted directly from the original series. Another New Generation episode gained a several-minute recap segment at the beginning when several minutes of nudity were deleted from the original series's Hot Springs Episode.
    • Another clip show was the episode that linked the Macross segment to the Robotech Masters segment. This episode was created entirely from other episodes' content by the American translation company, which needed to fill an episode's worth of space to pad the count out to a divisible-by-five number to better fit into weekday syndication.
  • Around the middle of Transformers: Energon, there was a mostly clip episode for no particular reason.
  • Ditto for the original series (at least the dub) of Yu-Gi-Oh!
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series took that episode and ran with it. All the lines (except the flashback to the opening credits) were new.
      "When we're through with you you'll want to submit."
      • That episode was in the original Japanese version as well. There were also two others: episodes 144 and 184. 144 took place in between the Battle City and anime-only Doma arcs that had Tea (Anzu) and Serenity (Shizuka) reminiscing about the events of the Battle City Tournament as well as when Noah took them hostage. Episode 184 ended the Doma storyline, but actually spent most of it having the characters in the arc remember what happened in the past 40 episodes.
      Did I just abridge my own series?
  • Another famous example: Martian Successor Nadesico plays with this trope by using its Show Within a Show Gekiganger 3 as a Framing Device — with the Gekiganger characters watching the episode as their own Show Within a Show (Within A Show... my puzzler hurts). The Gekiganger characters freely hang a lampshade on this trope. And just to completely demolish the Fourth Wall, the second half of the episode reveals that Gekiganger's trademark Forgotten Superweapon, the Gekigan Flare, was inspired by Nadesico. Which has already had its hero come up with a Finishing Move based on Gekiganger.
  • Pokémon held out for eight years before creating a clip show — a mash of scenes from the current arc's important battles that wasn't even edited to make the music flow. The dub just skipped it, and its three later successors.
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena:
    • The last episode of the first Story Arc was a clip show narrated by the as-yet-unrevealed Big Bad.
    • And the last episode of the second arc was a joke clip show about a secondary character. And the last episode of the third arc was a clip show interspersed with a narration by the main character revealing that she slept with Akio.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED uses this a few times during the show's run. 3 episodes out of 50 are clip shows. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny has even more. Some are really annoying. Episode 29 is a decent example of how to do one of these right.
  • Episodes 15-18 of Wolf's Rain. It seems several months passed after episode 14, so it was deemed necessary to recap pretty much the whole thing (that or a low budget). On the American DVDs, the four episodes filled an entire volume (vol. 4: "recollections"). It retails for $30, and the average rating on Amazon is one and a half stars (as opposed to five stars for vol. 3).
  • The Transformers series Car Robots has three clip shows; when it was dubbed into Transformers: Robots in Disguise those episodes remained clip shows, but the clips involved were completely different. In at least one case this was probably an attempt to show scenes that hadn't aired because the episode was released after 9/11.
    • Transformers Victory had no less than six over the course of its run, with another four added for the video release. Since these episodes contributed nothing to the plot, they were omitted from the UK/Australian DVD releases.
  • Trigun's 13th episode, "Vash the Stampede", is a clip show episode wherein Meryl is typing her report on Vash and summarizing all that she has witnessed since following him.
  • One Piece: Right after a dramatic moment in the CP9 arc that was preceded by a four-episode flashback, the arc decides to pause again while the heroes falling in mid-air for five Clip Show episodes in a row (episodes 279-283). When these episode originally aired they coincided with a timeslot change from evening to morning, so this might have been an attempt to combat Continuity Lockout for new viewers (the final episode recaps the flashback that started only nine episodes prior). While these episodes got their own DVD in Japan, they were sold/broadcast the same any other episode internationally.
    • Used again during the Thriller Bark arc (Episode 354). Again, probably an attempt to avoid Continuity Lockout, as this arc follows on from a storyline that hadn't appeared in almost three hundred episodes.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann:
    • The original broadcast version of episode 6 (the Hot Springs Episode) had to cut down a subplot of Kamina and Simon trying to peak at the girls, and added scenes of characters remembering previous events to fill in the extra time. (After the original episode had been completed but before it could be aired, the show was moved from a late-night timeslot to an early-evening timeslot, meaning it would be reaching a younger audience than was originally intended.) The unedited episode was included on the DVDs.
    • Episode 16 is a regular Recap Episode using clips from before the Time Skip. Oddly, this apparently didn't fill up a regular production slot, making the show 27 episodes instead of 26. The clips occur completely out of universe, not only lacking a Framing Device, but actually showing live action time compressed footage of artists making the episode's packaging.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing had a pair of back-to-back clip show episodes, 27 ("The Locus of Victory and Defeat") and 28 ("Passing Destinies"), which have Relena and Treize (respectively) each recapping half of the story so far. It was later revealed that these episodes were going to show important moments from the main characters' pasts, but those plans fell through; these stories were later turned into the manga Episode Zero.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion :
    • The first half of episode 14 is one of these, with the SEELE committee narrating the events of the series so far.
    • The first 70 minutes of Death and Rebirth is a clip movie.
  • Eureka Seven's episode 14 is one of these, with the events narrated in the form of various reports written by two cast members.
  • The first Fist of the North Star anime series had a clip show for its series finale, actually called "A Look Back! The 2000 Year History of Hokuto"... despite only recapping the series' events; the "proper" series finale had been the penultimate episode. Fist of the North Star is rife with these, unfortunately. There were several episodes that were nothing but clip shows, including one notorious incident where five episodes in a row were just clip shows. Fully half of the penultimate episode was a recap clip show of the antepenultimate episode.
  • Naruto:
    • Throughout the two-year filler period that Naruto Part 1 aired, only one episode, 202, was a clip show. It was based on a viewer vote of the best five fight scenes, and ended with cameos of Jiraiya, Orochimaru, and Sasuke.
    • Naruto Shippuden gave us a double-length clip show with episodes 212 and 213. A handful of plot developments were thrown in between the flashbacks, but the two episodes had barely 10 minutes of new footage between them.
  • Code Geass had two Clip Show episodes in the first season, but unlike many such examples, the staff outright admitted that they were Filler episodes intended to buy them some "breathing room" so they could work on more plot-relevant episodes. These two episodes didn't even make it into the American release, becoming Missing Episodes.
  • Chobits managed to have three clip episodes, two of which aired with the original broadcast, and one of which was made for home video. And at least in the North American DVD release, all three were included on the final volume, which also included the "Chibits" short.
  • His and Her Circumstances had a clip show that actually lasted one and 1/2 episodes of its 26 episode run.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood had an interesting take on this for episode 27, with a clip show brought on by the framing device of a very strange dream by Hohenheim.
  • Akazukin Chacha had 4.
  • Samurai Champloo had one in episode 13 when Mugen and Jin read Fuu's diary, which sees her personally recapping the events of the past 12 episodes.
  • A notable one happened in episode 89 of Sailor Moon. It featured only voiceovers of the five main senshi discussing the events of the season and pondering the future while clips from the entire series played out.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Dragon Ball Z had a clip show in 1993 as a year-end special, where Goku (who is at that point deceased) decides to visit Earth to spend New Years with his family, and they reminisce about everything that happened in the anime that year, mainly the Cell Games and the Otherworld Tournament. This was never aired outside of Japan.
    • In the primary show content, the idea was played with a little. For filler the anime would often have scenes taking place away from the action where characters would reminisce about events from both DBZ and Dragon Ball and could range anywhere from five to ten minutes. For example, late during the Goku/Freeza fight after everyone else gets teleported back to Earth by Porunga there's an episode that devotes a little bit of time to have Piccolo think back on his past with Goku, which then features clips of mainly from the Piccolo storylines from Dragon Ball. Another episode has Master Roshi explain the history of the Red Ribbon Army to some of the supporting cast hanging out on his island early on during the Android saga, which in turn features clips from the entire Red Ribbon Army arc from the original Dragon Ball. Given the length of the series, those flashbacks were probably included because the people making the anime thought people legitimately wouldn't remember (or wouldn't even have seen) stuff that was important to a new plot. They became particularly important when the show was exported to America, because everything past the first 13 episodes of Dragon Ball weren't dubbed until later.
    • In Japan, there was the "Summer Vacation" Special that played with the trope by applying it to the movies: Goku, Gohan and friends are dressing up for the 1992 premiere of Dragon Ball Z Super Android Thirteen, and spend their time reminiscing about all six previous DBZ movies and the three Dragon Ball movies before them.
  • The first half of episode 12 in Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt is a Clip Show episode. The episode does add to the plot, though.
  • Miami Guns did a clip show for its second episode, though in this case it was entirely new content with no flashbacks to the first episode. It also broke the fourth wall inconsistently, with the lead characters sometimes talking about behind the scenes stuff like Animated Actors and sometimes treating the clips as the actual events of their lives.
  • A portion of episode 73 of the Fairy Tail anime (adapted from the manga's "Rainbow Sakura" omake) features Lucy reminiscing a bunch of events from the previous 72 episodes while she's sick in bed.
  • The first half of episode 26 of Death Note is this, through the frame of L's reports on the Kira case, which Light subsequently finds and deletes.
  • Episodes 19 through 22 of Supercar Gattiger were composed of clips from earlier episodes.
  • Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory did two clip show "half-episodes" within the first eight episodes...out of a total of twelve episodes. Fans were not pleased.
  • The Love Live! Sunshine!! anime's final episode utilizes this technique for the song "WONDERFUL STORIES", where the choreography is comprised of clips from the musical performances of every single episode, from "Kimeta yo Hand in Hand" to "WATER BLUE NEW WORLD".
  • The first half of the Sword Art Online OVA. Kirito talks to a government agent recalling events in the game world through his perspective. Meanwhile, the girls talk about their various interactions with Kirito, which essentially shows important parts where they interacted with him, in-between teaching Suguha how to swim.

    Asian Animation 
  • There's a season of Happy Heroes called Funny Highlights, which almost entirely comprises clips from previous episodes.
  • The Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf season Everyday Pleasant Goat is composed entirely of clips from older episodes.
  • The Simple Samosa episode "Guest of Samosa" is about Samosa and his gang wondering who will visit his house and thinking of some encounters Samosa had in earlier episodes. The specific episodes that are sampled are "Makkhi Makkhi!" (where the gang are scared of a fly that gets stuck to Jalebi), "Meethi Masi" (where Samosa's aunt visits), and "Anda Bhatija" (where an egg alien lands in Chatpata Nagar and follows Samosa around).

    Comic Books 
  • Yes, this happens in comics too, especially during the Silver and Bronze Ages. A fairly common tactic for Padding a storyline or filling in gaps due to Schedule Slips was to reprint material from older issues and treat it as though it were a Whole Issue Flashback. Since most of the readers were too young to remember the original stories, they were often unaware they were paying good money for recycled material.
  • This is explicitly discussed in Miracleman #8. The editor of the book actually breaks the fourth wall and comments on this trend, citing an issue of Doctor Strange where Marvel just reprinted an old Steve Ditko story and had the gall to pass it off as a Flashback.
  • The entire second half of the Milestone Celebration The Avengers #150 is a condensed reprint of The Avengers #16.
  • Captain America and The Falcon #155 contains a lengthy "flashback" made up of pages from Young Men Comics #24, an issue that had been printed over two decades prior. To the book's credit, the editor included a caption acknowledging that the flashback was indeed recycled content.
  • Want to see what this can look like in the hands of a master? Alan Moore did one of these during his run on Swamp Thing, retelling the original Swamp Thing story from House of Secrets #92 with a framing device that (re)introduced Cain and Abel as storytellers in the realm of Dream. That's right, a single-issue clip shownote  singlehandedly laid the groundwork for Neil Gaiman's The Sandman.
  • The hundredth issue of The Simpsons Comics is essentially a Simpsons clip show in comic form. The issue revolves around Bart and Lisa discovering that there are comics about them, and trying to find out why they never knew this, while getting to read snippets from earlier issues.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • Oddly enough, this is Older Than Television; there are old animated theatrical shorts composed mainly of footage from other shorts. Again, this was long before reruns and home video, thus audiences would have actually looked forward to these. Tom and Jerry is very guilty of this, having sevennote  shorts composed mainly of footage from earlier T&J cartoons. The last one, "Shutter Bugged Cat", goes even further: after the usual schtick of having Tom watch older T&J cartoons, it then uses the first and last scenes of the short "Designs on Jerry"note  as part of the short's actual story.
  • Popeye cartoons from both Fleischer Studios and Famous Studios are also very guilty of this.
    • "Adventures of Popeye" (1935: Popeye leaps out of a book to tell a live-action boy his adventures, using clips from "I Eats My Spinach", "Popeye the Sailor" (the pilot short), "Wild Elephinks" and "Axe Me Another".
    • "I'm in the Army Now" (1936): Popeye and Bluto prove they're Army material by showing scenes from "Blow Me Down", "Shoein' Hosses", "Choose Yer Weppins" and "King of the Mardi Gras".
    • "Customers Wanted" (1939): Popeye and Bluto show Wimpy clips from "Let's Get Movin'" and "The Twisker Pitcher".
    • "Doing Imposskible Stunts" (1940): Popeye auditions to be a stuntman by showing clips from "I Never Changes My Altitude", "I Wanna Be a Lifeguard" and "Bridge Ahoy", while Swee'pea shows a clip of his heroics from "Lost and Foundry".
    • "Spinach-Packin' Popeye" (1944): After losing a boxing match, Popeye tries to win Olive back by showing scenes from Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor and Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves. It turns out to be All Just a Dream.
    • "Spinach vs. Hamburgers" (1948): Popeye tries to show his nephews the benefits of eating spinach by showing clips from "The Anvil Chorus Girl", "Pop-Pie a la Mode" and "She-Sick Sailors".
    • Popeye's Premier (1949): Popeye and Olive Oyl watch Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp.
    • "Popeye Makes a Movie" (1950): Popeye shows his nephews the making of ''Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves".
    • "Friend or Phony" (1952): Bluto fakes an injury to he can make Popeye give up spinach and relates the events of "I'll Be Skiing Ya" and "Tar with a Star".
    • "Big Bad Sindbad" (1952): Popeye tells his nephews the story of his encounter with Sindbad the Sailor.
    • "Popeye's 20th Anniversary" (1954): Popeye celebrates 20 years in show business with clips from "Rodeo Romeo" and "Tops in the Big Top".
    • "Penny Antics" (1955): Popeye and Bluto show Wimpy clips from "Silly Hillbilly", "Wotta Knight" and "The Fistic Mystic".
    • "Assault and Flattery" (1956): Bluto sues Popeye for beating him up all the time and relates the events of "The Farmer and the Belle" and "How Green is My Spinach", while Popeye defends his case with a scene from "A Balmy Swami".
    • "The Crystal Brawl" (1957): Popeye poses as a sooth seer and shows Bluto and Olive scenes from "Quick on the Vigor" and "Alpine for You" from a crystal ball.
  • The Betty Boop short "Betty Boop's Rise to Fame", using clips from "Stopping the Show" (cut from modern prints), "Betty Boop's Bamboo Isle" and "The Old Man of the Mountain".
  • The Trope Codifier (if not, the outright Trope Maker) is likely an Out of the Inkwell short from 1925, Koko's Thanksgiving. Koko shows Max Fleischer clips from earlier cartoons in order to score some turkey.
  • If you chose the "Robin dies" option in the Batman: Under the Red Hood follow-up, DC Showcase – Batman: Death in the Family, it only goes into one of these about the original film, with the only new footage being at the start of the film and the end, where Bruce is recounting the events of the earlier film to Clark Kent.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 1974's That's Entertainment! is a collection of highlights from MGM musicals, hosted by performers who had appeared in those films. Released as a Milestone Celebration for MGM's 50th anniversary, it was a surprise box-office hit. There would be two follow-ups: 1976's Part 2 included scenes from musicals and non-musicals, and 1993's Part III included Deleted Scenes and rehearsal/test footage from musicals along with finished scenes. The 1985 Spin-Off That's Dancing! didn't restrict itself to MGM movies. On top of all this, several variations were made well into The '80s, such as:
    • America at the Movies (A tie-in to the U.S. Bicentennial)
    • It's Showtime (Animals on film)
    • It Came from Hollywood (B Movies / So Bad, It's Good)
    • Terror in the Aisles (Thriller and horror films)
    • The Looney Tunes compilation movies described under Western Animation below
  • 1982's Trail of the Pink Panther is a variation that uses the format to make a movie starring Peter Sellers two years after he had died. The first half of the film uses then-unseen deleted scenes of Sellers as Inspector Clouseau from the series' 5th film (The Pink Panther Strikes Again) with new material filmed with the other actors to change the context and create a new storyline. When Clouseau goes missing at about the halfway mark, a reporter interviews people who knew him, triggering flashbacks to previously-seen clips from all of Sellers' previous The Pink Panther films. The poor taste of the exercise led to a successful lawsuit by Sellers' widow against the studio and director/writer/producer Blake Edwards.
  • The 1943 musical short Three Cheers for the Girls is based on clips from 1930s Warner Bros. movie musicals, mostly Busby Berkeley Numbers.
  • Gamera Tai Uchū Kaijū Bairasu is filled with stock footage recounting fights in the previous movies. Hope you really liked those previous films! It's perhaps only bested by 1980's even lazier Uchu Kaijū Gamera, which was the last entry in the series until 1995.
  • The New Adventures of Tarzan: The 12th and last episode of this 1935 film serial is basically a recap/highlight episode, after the story has been resolved.
  • Some Mondo film series will do this, an example being The Worst of Faces of Death.
  • When Double Helix Films went bankrupt in 1992, their last effort Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor was left unfinished. The film finally saw a release in 2012 when a fan of the series edited the shot footage together with 35 minutes worth of clips from the three previous films.
  • Half of the running time of Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 makes an extensive use of the clips from the previous movie.
  • All Monsters Attack, also known as Godzilla's Revenge, uses a framing story of a kid daydreaming about Godzilla in order to present...footage of Godzilla taken from the previous three movies. There are a few new monster scenes, but the majority of the film's (very brief) runtime is made up of pre-existing footage sloppily edited together. The funniest part is that each of the films the stock footage is pulled from used a different Godzilla suit, causing his appearance to change dramatically from scene to scene.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Generally of dubious quality, but Andromeda's "Unconquerable Man" proved a deft use of the mechanism, changing the context of every clip.
  • The A-Team: the episode "Curtain Call" has several of the main characters remember scenes from previous episodes.
  • After the death of actor Jack Soo (Det. Yemana), Barney Miller aired a tribute in the form of a clip show, with the actors breaking character and recalling their favorite Yemana scenes.
  • iCarly: iBloop is a clip show of bloopers, which makes it easier to digest than a normal clip show.
  • Big Wolf on Campus did this twice. The first time was during the Season Two finale to show the Grim Reaper that Tommy Dawkins was too good to die. The second time was during the Third Season finale in which the ACTORS presented clips of the fans' favorite moments as well as clips of their favorite villains.
  • Happens several times on Charmed. The first and most innovative clip show was season 5's "Cat House", which has Piper cast a spell before recounting (with her hubby, Leo) many memories to a shrink... which has the side effect of putting Phoebe and Paige into scenes of those memories (although some of the memories have been tweaked to excise Prue... Phoebe sort of hangs a lampshade on how Paige replaced Prue by noting, "You wanted to meet Prue," while they're in a memory featuring her as a wolf). Other clip shows include "Crimes and Witch Demeanors, "Someone To Witch Over Me" and "Generation Hex".
  • The CSI episode "Lab Rats" served as both a Clip Show and a Recap Episode for the Miniature Killer arc.
  • Dinosaurs did two clip shows, both having the framing device of a modern-day paleontologist making conclusions about dinosaur society that are shown to be completely wrong by the interspersed clips.
  • The episode of Drake & Josh where the title characters go on "Dr. Phyllis"'s talk show.
  • Due South ended its second season with a clip show. Until the show was resurrected that fall, it also served as the series finale, to the annoyance of fans.
  • Earth: Final Conflict had several. Usually the episode did have a story to tell outside of simply showing clips.
    • "Interview" was about a news reporter interviewing Zo'or, and this was used to ow clips from previous episodes.
    • In "The Art of War" Howlyn interrogated Sandoval and Ra'Jel, looking for a way to subjugate humanity, and being shown previous attempts by the Taelons to do just that.
    • In "The Journey" Ra'jel speaks to Renee and the two argue, Ra'jel insisting that Renee can't escape her destiny whle she tries to do just that, each one using clips to illustrate their points.
  • The Flash (2014) did this partially in its 100th episode, where Barry and Nora (his Kid from the Future) have to go back in time to collect the parts for a gadget to defeat Cicada. They travel back to pivotal moments in the show, such as the defeat of Savitar and the original particle accelerator explosion. These clips are interspersed with new footage of them interacting with the past.
  • Friends is the master of the clip show.
    • The first one was in Season 4, episode 21, where Ross's decision whether or not to invite Rachel and her decision whether or not to attend are accompanied by flashbacks of every memorable scene in their relationship over four seasons. There are about a total of four new scenes, period, including the two bookends.
    • Subverted in "The One Where Everyone Turns 30" which showed clips of what the gang did when they each turned 30, which was all new footage.
    • "The One With Christmas in Tulsa" in Series 9 played with this: half of the episode was a clip show, but the rest was new footage, and contained a very plot-relevant development. Namely Chandler quitting his job.
  • Many shows have a clip show as their series finale:
    • Full House used Michelle getting amnesia from a fall from a horse as a Framing Device for the second half of the two-part finale "Michelle Rides Again". This was the only all-out clip show of the series, but several other episodes did have short montages looking back on certain characters' pasts to prove a point in the present, such as Jesse's less-than-stellar musical gigs in Part One of "Captain Video".
    • Growing Pains
    • The Facts of Life
    • Home Improvement
    • Leave It to Beaver did it, pioneering not only many clip shows to come but setting an early precedent for series finales altogether.
    • Seinfeld aired a 70-minute retrospective on the series immediately preceding the finale, which mostly took the form of clips from previous episodes. The final episode itself also heavily featured clips and callbacks to previous episodes. Consequently, it was infamously poorly received.
    • Each of the four series of ''SClub'' ends this way... which was very annoying as they often used clips used in previous series finale clip shows. Though, given that the rest of the series finales revolved around being as depressing as possible, it may not have been such a bad thing. They also did this when Paul left, if I recall correctly.
  • Stuck in the Middle: "Stuck in the Diaz Awards" is basically a clip show of moments from the past two seasons as the Diaz family celebrates their annual award show.
  • The Incredible Hulk (1977) had a clip show centering around Jack McGee talking to his new boss, trying to justify his continued pursuit of the Hulk.
    • Another episode, "Interview with the Hulk," another reporter manages to get an interview with David Banner and several clips are shown during the story.
  • Kenan & Kel had a lampshade-hung clip show, with Kenan explaining how the concept worked: "All you have to do is stare into the distance, and everything gets all blurry."
  • La Femme Nikita had a clip show episode - "Down a Crooked Path" - where all the regular cast were ordered to visit a memory recording/wiping machine (because of reasons). Most of their memories were about Nikita, which helped to disguise that she did not appear in any of the new footage that week.
  • Because of the massive number of storylines running at any given time and the fact that networks have moved away from actually airing reruns for long-running serialized shows, ABC produced a good number of clip-shows for Lost and Desperate Housewives, usually airing them whenever the show's new season started or after a brief hiatus between new episodes during the season. The purpose of these clip shows was to get returning fans up to speed with the plotlines or in the case of Lost, to clarify plot-points for viewers.
  • MacGyver (1985) did at least three: "Friends", "Unfinished Business" and "Hindsight".
  • Mystery Hunters: The first and second season finales "The Best of Mystery Hunters" has the team discussing their favorite moments from the mysteries, alongside some bloopers.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 has an episode, The Hellcats, where the host segments were in Clip Show form; it was admitted in the Amazing Colossal Episode Guide that doing the narrative glue took up just as much time and money as making wholly new ones.
  • The Outer Limits (1995) has quite a number of clip shows. Of course, being Sci-Fi, and seeing as these clips usually involved aliens, Time Travel or a potential end of the world, the framing devices were slightly above average in uniqueness (they even had the near-obligatory Cruel Twist Ending); but they were still clip shows.
  • Frasier
    • An unusual example occurs in the third act of the episode "Daphne Returns"; over the course of the episode, Niles and Daphne have been experiencing difficulties in their relationship, and in an effort to help, Frasier talks Niles through some of the significant moments in their relationship (their first meeting, their first dance, etc) — however, both the current Frasier and Niles are inserted into the scenes with their past selves, thus allowing the characters (and audience) to view the scenes in question from different perspectives. Not only are the clips worked into the episode in a logical and interesting fashion, but they only appear towards the end.
    • "Crock Tales" also subverted the trope, in which new scenes depicting the cast in previous seasons were shot, with the cast recreating their mannerisms, and in some cases, wearing wigs.
  • Power Rangers tends to play it straight with its seasonal clip shows, generally either as a form of recap or an attempt by the Rangers to piece together several past clues they originally missed to try and figure out what the enemy is really planning.
    • The "Missing Episode" of Power Rangers Dino Thunder, really a promotional video for the next season (Power Rangers S.P.D.), was composed as a Clip Show with characters being shown images from the future.
    • Of particular note is the 500th episode, "Legacy of Power", in which the incumbent team (Dino Thunder) is caught up on the entire history of the Power Rangers in a series of archived videos narrated by Tommy Oliver. Dino Thunder later had its own clip show, "A Test of Trust", after an Internal Reveal shook the team up a bit.
    • Power Rangers Samurai had two in its first year, both as holiday specials. The Halloween one consisted of previous Monsters of the Week retelling their past battles against the heroes.
  • MythBusters has done several clip shows:
    • The "Buster Special" blends several clips of Buster getting trashed with footage of the rebuild.
    • The "Outtakes Special" is just what it says — clips that didn't make it into the show.
    • One could argue that "MythBusters Revealed" qualifies as well, with clips mixed with interviews with the team.
    • During the first season(s), several myths with similar themes (explosions, animals, etc.) were combined into one episode, while sacrificing some of the "filler" material from the original segments.
    • As part of Discovery Channel's 25th anniversary celebration, MythBusters did a two-hour "Top 25 Moments" Clip Show special.
    • One "Shark Week" special was a collection of shark-themed clips.
  • Queen of Swords: "End of Days", with the standard-issue Locked in a Room framing device.
  • Saved by the Bell does this three times. One episode uses a framing device of the gang hanging around the Max reminiscing about various scenes/episodes related to dating and romance. Another has Mr. Belding with a group of students from a class many years in the future, watching a video time capsule made by the "present" group of kids. The last has the gang at Zack's house remembering the wacky hijinks of their summer working at the beach club (the 8-episode summer season).
  • A very unusual variant is the Scrubs episode "My Deja Vu, My Deja Vu", in which, after J.D. comments that at this stage of his career it seems like everything's happened before, much of the rest of the storyline consists of re-recorded scenes from earlier episodes. Scrubs also did a regular clip show in season 6 — really more of a montage show, with sequences of "people dancing", "people falling over", etc. The season six clip show is notable for its lampshade hanging and self-mockery. Fans in aggregate have rated it the series's worst episode.
    • The funny thing is that in the re-recorded scenes of "My Deja Vu, My Deja Vu", there are minor differences in the dialogue, such as the Janitor claiming to have been from Yale instead of Harvard. The entire point of the episode is that while things can repeat themselves, it's the little differences that matter.
    • The Fully Automatic Clip Show in season six is sometimes credited as showing the writers what Scrubs used to be about - after a long decline in episode quality, the clip show is followed by some very strong episodes, both in drama and in comedy. The first episode broadcast afterwards has a rant by Dr. Cox in which he accurately describes why and how each other major character is funny, and soon after it would have a very dramatic two-parter, the second episode of which won a Humanitas prize, which the series hadn't won since its first season.
  • Stargate SG-1 has several clipshows, usually in the context of one of SG-1's political enemies trying to convince their superiors to fire SG-1. These were usually late in their respective seasons, done to save the budget for the finale.
    • "Politics" at the end of Season 1 — the Stargate team tries to persuade a politician to keep funding the project.
    • "Out of Mind", last episode of Season 2 — the heroes have been captured by the enemy pretending to be friends and asking about past missions.
    • "Disclosure" — the Stargate program is presented to representatives from other countries.
    • "Inauguration" — the new President being briefed about the Stargate program. Interestingly enough, one of the clips of this Clip Show is from an original segment of the aforementioned Clip Show episode — "Disclosure".
    • The Season 8 episode "Citizen Joe" is a quite delightful clip show that actually has very few clips in it — the eponymous Joe is a regular guy who had picked up an alien device seven years previously that gives him a psychic connection to SG-1's Colonel O'Neill. Most of the episode is Joe recounting the events of various SG-1 episodes to the customers in his barber shop, and eventually trying to sell them as short stories. Joe's friends and wife get to play the role of the SG-1 fan as they make comments and complaints that real-life fans have made. They comment on Jonas Quinn, a temporary replacement for Dr. Daniel Jackson (because the actor playing Jackson took a year off from the show), for example.
    • The second episode of Season 5, "Threshold," is something of a "fake-out". The setup of the show is that the characters have to stay awake with Teal'c, talking to him. Just when the viewer is certain it's going to be a boring clip-show, it turns out every one of Teal'c's past memories is brand-new footage containing tons of character development.
  • Stargate Atlantis
    • The series has a clip show episode, "Letters from Pegasus". The characters record messages to be sent to Earth before they die, and footage from earlier in the season is aired again. It was mainly used to drive in the poignancy of that time in their lives as they were unable to describe all the things that had happened to them because the Stargate program is a secret. One memorable scene is footage of Atlantis rising from the ocean with an added voice-over entirely in Czech from Dr. Zelenka. However, the plot is still continued in-between the recorded messages.
    • They have another clip show in the final season, in which the characters are put on trial by the inhabitants of the Pegasus Galaxy; the clips are flashbacks to the things they're accused of. (See SGA's Moral Dissonance section to find out just how much trouble they were in.) They got off by basically saying "Yeah, well, we're still the only ones who can save your asses from the Wraith."
  • Star Trek: Voyager:
    • While not strictly a clip show, there is an episode where the ship itself became a clip show of sorts, with different parts of it reverting to moments from different points in time, in a hilarious send-up of clip shows. You can recognize the episodes and even guess them, through all the seasons, reusing all the old hairstyles and everything that changed season to season.
    • Voyager also has the sixth season episode "The Voyager Conspiracy", which see Seven of Nine hypothesising that various unconnected events over the course of the series are linked together into some big conspiracy theory, dating all the way back to the pilot episode. Extensive use of clips of events from several former episodes are used to help illustrate her points. It was TNG's "Shades of Grey" done right.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation has one of the most abysmal clip shows ever in its second-season finale, "Shades of Grey" It was almost literally, "Riker's got a fever and the only prescription is A CLIP SHOW!"
  • On the other hand, Star Trek: The Original Series has a two-part episode, "The Menagerie", which is often named as a clip show, although all of the clips were from the unaired Pilot episode. This fact is lampshaded in-universe due to the impossibility of things such as overhead shots of the Enterprise and alternating camera angles.
  • Stroker and Hoop made an interesting use of this trope during its season one finale (although it didn't get a second season). The heroes were being held in a Death Trap by someone who swore revenge on them. He would only release them if they could identify him. All the clips focused on a minor character who appeared in some (but not all) of the episodes in the series, whom they unwittingly wronged in every episode, either directly or indirectly.
  • Lexx's Clip Show was also a Wham Episode, with The Reveal and a major character's death.
  • War of the Worlds (1988) uses a clip show near the end of its first season, framed as the Blackwood project's presentation to a international conference on alien-fighting. The clip show section only takes up about half of the episode, however, as the aliens besiege the conference in order to prevent the producers from needing to magic up clips to go along with the presentations of the other countries involved.
  • In the early WKRP in Cincinnati episode, "Mama's Review", Mama Carlson comes to review the progress of the radio station and Andy and Arthur Carlson ineffectually try to explain the bizarre disasters that have occured as seen in the clips. Unlike similar shows, this episode also features significant character development of both Mama and Son Carlson as each own up to their mistakes.
  • Voyagers!: "The Trial of Phineas Bogg" is an unusually good instance of this. The clips are mostly explained in-universe as recordings from the omni of past adventures.
  • Small part of The X-Files series finale, "The Truth," feels like a clip show. In the episode, the characters recap the series Myth Arc as part of Mulder's trial, and the clips accompany their recaps, but after the trial, there are new scenes.
  • Xena: Warrior Princess has several.
    • The most memorable is the bard one, which has Gabrielle at bard school, where she sings the praises of Xena. This clip show also uses footage from the Steve Reeves movie sung by the bard Stallonus (as an actor called Sylverster), and footage from Spartacus sung by the bard Homer, who wins the competition by closing his eyes before singing (thus earning the nickname "the blind bard").
    • Another Gabrielle-based clip show was very well done by going over the current arc, which had Xena and Gabby's relationship straining, and put a new spin on the events of a pivotal two-parter by exploring Gabrielle's motives. It also used cut footage to good effect AND served to close a Plot Hole that had been hanging (namely, how did Gabby get to China before Xena?).
    • There is also a rather unusual example in the fourth season episode "Lifeblood"; the production company had filmed an hour-long pilot for a new series, Amazon High, which never got picked up (among other reasons, it doesn't appear to have been very good). So, instead, they edited a bunch of the footage into a X:WP episode that explained the "origin" of the Amazons through a series of vision quest flashbacks. Ergo: a Clip Show that didn't look like a Clip Show. Clever, yes?
    • The episodes of both Xena and Hercules that are based in the present day are almost always clip shows, but it's understandable why those aren't discussed often.
  • Three's Company has a "best of" clip show hosted by Lucille Ball.
  • The Season 7 M*A*S*H episode "Our Finest Hour" has reporter Clete Roberts, previously used in the acclaimed Season 4 episode "The Interview", returning to the 4077th to interview the doctors and nurses for a black-and-white TV documentary. However, whereas the earlier episode featured all-new material and never broke from its concept, "Our Finest Hour" awkwardly inserts a large number of (color) clips from earlier episodes in a manner that destroys any kind of narrative flow in the Roberts segments. All of this goes a long way toward explaining why "Our Finest Hour" is regarded by many M*A*S*H fans as one of the weakest episodes in the show's run, making its title more than a little ironic.
  • In its very first season, Diff'rent Strokes has an episode where Mr. Drummond reminisces with Arnold and Willis while they prepare to celebrate their first Christmas together. That's right: not only did they give us a Clip Show a mere nine episodes into the show's run, they combined it with a Christmas Episode in the bargain! And it was a two-part episode, to boot. In the framing sequence, Mr. Drummond wakes up the kids in the middle of the night to remind them that it's the 8-week anniversary of their arrival.
  • The Pretender did three.
    • "Amnesia" (Season 2): Confronting a drug trafficker responsible for a deadly hit-and-run, Jarod gets knocked out and left to freeze. He's saved by Argyle, but he can't remember who he is and experiences flashes of previous events. Meanwhile, the Centre Pursuit Team is put on trial for failing to catch Jarod, and their previous exploits are put under the microscope.
    • "Mr. Lee" (Season 3): Mr. Lee tries to find Jarod by interviewing people from past episodes: Bernie Baxley ("Curious Jarod"), Susan Granger ("To Protect and Serve"), Rachel Newton ("Potato Head Blues"), Dr. Fein ("Back from the Dead"), and J.R. Miller ("Red Rock Jarod"); Mr. Lyle (a recurring character) is also interviewed. When the pursuit team learns of what he's doing, they track Lee's movements and intercept the list to talk to the same people. Notably, Jarod doesn't appear in new footage until the very end of the episode.
    • "Ghosts from the Past" (Season 4): Angelo senses that a foe from Jarod's past is coming back for revenge. Looking over materials recovered from past episodes, Angelo experiences flashes of various prior one-off villains with sizable scores to settle.
  • Forever Knight, "Close Call": Schanke starts putting together all the strange things he's noticed about Nick (and comes this close to confirming that Nick is a vampire).
  • The twelfth episode of Legend of the Seeker is a recap of the events of the early episodes, using the frame of Rahl tapping into Richard's mind with a spell and trying to get information out of him. The second season has another one, this time the frame being The Creator putting Richard on trial.
  • Kamen Rider Dragon Knight has a rare and completely ridiculous example of a clip show that flashes back to another clip show. The show has a total of three. What's worse, the final battle and main resolution of the story takes place in the penultimate episodes, with the actual final episode being a clipshow of the whole series, which tied up some of the loose ends in passing. "Kit's dad and Sting? Oh yeah, they got better." No wonder the series was cancelled before either of these got to air...
  • Panel Shows such as Mock the Week, Have I Got News for You and Would I Lie to You?? record upwards of 2 hours' footage for every programme, which is then edited down to half an hour. They thus get a lot of mileage out of clip shows showing highlights as well as some Deleted Scenes. The BBC often airs these as a Christmas Episode.
  • Ultraman Orb and Ultraman Geed both did these for the halfway point of their series. In the former, the SSP clean up their apartment and reminisce about how far they've come as they dig up old treasures, while in the latter, Riku and Pega accidentally break RE.M. and try to restore her memories. Ultraman Mebius did a partial one ten years earlier. Like with Orb and Geed, it serves as a midway recap, as GUYS looks over some of the kaiju they've fought so far when trying to decide which one would make for a good Maquette Monster. However, at the halfway point, it switches out to bring in the Monster of the Week storyline when their new Maquette Zetton goes rogue.
  • The Cosby Show has some clip shows, including one that aired outtakes, bloopers, and deleted scenes.
  • Family Ties had several of these. In one, the family members share stories with Alex's girlfriend Ellen; another has Alex's second girlfriend, Lauren, asking family members to relate past stories while working on a research paper ; still another has the men and women of the family rehashing past incidents while arguing at a restaurant; finally, there's one where everyone reminisces while Andy works on a time capsule he's planning to bury.
  • Saturday Night Live: There have been various themed compilation specials of popular sketches with a specific theme, such as a holiday (NBC always brings out Halloween and Christmas-themed specials, inevitably featuring classics such as the Irwin Mainway "Consumer Probe" sketches, "Dick in a Box", and "Schweddy Balls"), sports, commercial parodies, game show parodies, etc.
  • All in the Family:
    • The 100th episode, aired in December 1974, was a "best of" clip show hosted by Henry Fonda. Unlike many clip shows before or after, there was no plot per se; it was merely Fonda introducing clips and providing commentary.
    • The 200th episode, which came in early 1979, was an updated "best of" clip show, this time hosted by series creator Norman Lear. As was the case with the original, the plot was discarded in favor of a montage of clips and commentary from Lear.
  • The Jeffersons' clip show came midway through the fourth season (1977-1978), when George and Louise – after interrupting a burglary at their apartment, are tied to chairs while the robbers get away – reminisce about their first three years in Manhattan. As a bonus, the show flashes back to their days on All in the Family and their conflicts with Archie Bunker.
  • The season 6 episode of The Office, "The Banker". Though one of the first known mockumentaries to have a clip show, the episode followed a fairly standard clip show format, having characters recall past moments and grouping clips into accidents and injuries, Jim's pranks, romantic moments, etc. Though at least a third of the episode was new footage, the show got flack for being on hiatus for over a month and coming back to a clip show rather than a new episode.
  • Night Court did a two-part clip show where a city auditor (played by Les Nessman) demanded an explanation for the outrageous expenses filed by the people in Harry's court. Then Judge Harry's office is taken hostage by a clown with a gun played by Mr. Carlin.
  • The Steve Harvey Show did this when Byron came to do a Where Are They Now-esque show featuring Steve. Unfortunately, everyone wanted to talk about themselves. Byron became frustrated that Steve did not have any juicy secrets and when the show aired, all it said was that Steve was a music teacher.
  • In the first season of Dead Like Me they had a clip show episode. But still managed to be interesting because it gave some insight on Daisy for the first time, and tried their best to make the time between the clips interesting to watch.
  • The Eureka episode "You Don't Know Jack", which centers around a memory-recording device that starts erasing people's memories.
  • Malcolm in the Middle actually titled its clips shows Clip Show, and Clip Show 2.
  • The 3rd Rock from the Sun episode "Seven Deadly Clips", in which the clips were loosely themed around the Seven Deadly Sins. It includes Harry mistakenly identifying "falling down" as a deadly sin so that they could show a bunch of Slapstick clips. Also, a clip of Evil Dick is included at one point, as though it were demonstrating the behavior of the "real" Dick.
  • Home Improvement had two: "Tool Time After Dark", where Tim watches tapes of the Show Within a Show Tool Time, and the second part of the three part finale, where Tim, Brad and Mark reminisce about their life in Detroit while preparing to move.
  • The 3000th and 4000th episodes of Wheel of Fortune were clip shows giving glimpses at the show's history, also including some memorable moments (five words: "A group of pill-pushers"). Sister show Jeopardy! also did this for its 4000th.
  • Hannah Montana's clip show was in the form of an interview, and not subtle at all.
  • The series finale of Boy Meets World, although it had a plot going on at the same time.
  • Young Dracula has the episode "Fangs for the Memories", which is somewhat helpful since the show was cancelled then Un-Cancelled, meaning much of the footage was from four years ago.
  • Sons of Guns had one — Sons of Guns: Guns of Glory on Thanksgiving 2011 listed the crew's favorite projects from the previous episodes.
  • JAG had only one: "Lifeline" in season 6. Though there were a couple of brief clip-show-style moments in a few other episodes.
  • The season ending episodes of seasons three and four of Punky Brewster when it went into first-run syndication were clip shows. "Remember When" (season three) featured clips as the gang dealt with a power outtage during a blizzard. while "Wedding Bells For Brandon" (season four and series finale) used clips from past episodes as a wedding for Punky's dog Brandon and a female golden retriever named Brenda was arranged.
  • Pee-wee's Playhouse:
    • Pee Wee's Playhouse marks yet another series that used a clip show as its finale. Miss Yvonne mistakenly thinks that Pee-wee is selling the Playhouse and thinks back to all the fun everyone's had there in the past.
    • There was another episode that was a clip show, as well: when Cowboy Curtis comes over to visit, the Playhouse characters think back to all the fun they had with Curtis in the past.
  • The Young and the Restless has had a number of these over the years, often involving Victor Newman reminiscing on his on-and-off romance with Nikki and/or the importance of family.
  • "The Stoop Sessions" from Impractical Jokers comprised of this and some behind-the-scene footage.
  • Minder did one as a Christmas Episode, with the principals sitting around the pub remembering the events of the year.
  • Horrible Histories has ended each series after the first with a clip show of the ten best music videos (in chronological order) from that series under the title "Savage Songs".
  • Mr. Show had three mid-season specials that acted as this. The first was about them appearing on an infomercial, the second was them doing a press conference (which wasn't include on any of the DVDs), the third was the cast dubbing over an old news program.
  • Pair of Kings had one in the shape of a Courtroom Episode. a magic stone showed memories of people holding it.
  • Imagination Movers combined this with Remember When You Blew Up a Sun? in "Mouse Scouts Clip Show," in which the Movers remind Warehouse Mouse of various great things he's done in the past and clips of those things are shown.
  • "HAL" in Pixelface. An incomplete update cause the Console to go insane. As she torments the characters, she keeps playing clips from her "archive" to illustrate her points.
  • Castle, "Still": Used to reminisce about Castle and Beckett while the latter is standing on a Pressure Plate with a bomb attached.
  • In My Name Is Earl, Earl was in a coma, and his coma dream consisted of a Dom Com where he was married to Billie Cunningham. A clip show (where Earl and Billie and all their friends are now elderly and reminiscing) marks the episode where Earl finally comes out of the coma in the "real" world.
  • The Golden Girls featured a clip show in every season between seasons 3 and 7 - and every one was a double episode! For added benefit, the vast majority of clips were new footage and not from previous episodes.
  • Air Crash Investigation: The "Science of Disaster" episodes can be counted as this, as it's usually half a recap of air disasters centering around a theme (ATC, bad weather, pilot errors, etc.) and half an explanation about the theme itself and how to prevent similar disasters in the future.
  • The final episode of Warehouse 13 centers entirely on the Warehouse agents reliving their 'most defining Warehouse moment.' The best part? This is a complete subversion of the "reusing old footage" part of the trope. All of the old footage that is used is only seen for a moment before the new content is introduced. All of the major flashback sequences were filmed especially for this episode, and actually end up being the most satisfying part.
  • The '70s show Emergency! ended its run with a clip show, "The Greatest Rescues of Emergency!" as part of the two main characters reminiscing when they both get promoted to Captain. However, it was NOT a Grand Finale, as two further movies aired after it.
  • Tracker had 'Remember When' where Cole is zapped by his fugitive storage device and loses his memory. It returns by the end, but serves as a convenient Clip Show Plot Device.
  • The NCIS season 12 episode "House Rules" is both this and a Christmas Episode.
  • The Time Team episode "Greatest Discoveries" is just the main presenters (Tony, Phil, Mick Aston, Helen Geake, and Tony) discussing past shows and clips thereof.
  • The Pinkertons episode "Review" has someone doing a performance review of the titular detectives as a pretext for showing clips.
  • Webster did at least two clips shows at the end of its run. One of these, "Webtrek", was a Crossover with Star Trek: The Next Generation where Webster is somehow zapped on to the Enterprise and hangs out with Lt. Worf! Read all about it at The Agony Booth.
  • The Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode A Blast for Buck frames clips from ten previous episodes in a new story about an object that mysteriously appears in Doc Huers office.
  • The Psi Factor episode "Tribunal" is another example. The team is questioned about the cases they investigated and their testimonies are accompanied by footage from earlier episodes.
  • The first two series of An Idiot Abroad each ended with an episode called "Karl Comes Home". The framing device of Ricky and Steve asking Karl about his travels was similar in tone to their conversations on The Ricky Gervais Show. The clips were also interspersed with unused footage from previous episodes.
  • World's Dumbest... has one in the form of a "bracket showdown," in which clips from previous episodes are stacked against each other, tournament-style. Some include new commentary from stars who joined after the clip in question originally aired, as well as NBA star Charles Barkley.
  • In the Shining Time Station episode, "Stacy Forgets Her Name", Stacy Jones loses her memory after she sniffs flowers Mr. Conductor had sprinkled with a potion intended to make bees forget they had to take nectar from the plants. Her nephew, Dan, and Mr. Conductor help jog her memory through clips from previous episodes.
  • Murdoch Mysteries
    • In the episode "The Devil Inside", a murderer who claims to be possessed by the spirit of James Gilles prompts William and Julia to relive their previous encounters with him.
    • In the episode "Manual for Murder", a copycat killer is duplicating past cases based on Murdoch, Dr Odgen and Constable Crabtree's book Solving Murder. Flashbacks from the relevant episodes are shown with the characters reading the book in voiceover.
    • In the episode "The Trial of Terrence Myers'', Murdoch's testimony on his past encounters with Agent Myers is related through clips from the Once a Season Myers episodes.
  • An episode during the final season of Sisters had the girls and their mother trapped during a snowstorm. They kept awake by reminiscing about past events.
  • Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman had several of these. Two were of Dr. Quinn and Sully reviewing their relationship (one during their premarital counseling, the other while he was trying to keep her awake after a head injury), the other was Dr. Quinn discussing her most interesting cases with daughter Colleen, who was preparing to go to medical school herself.
  • The finale episode of Planet Ajay, "Highlights Show", is a clip show depicting some of the highlights of the series. In this episode, the main character Ajay packs up to leave on a very long trip around the universe (it's 2,517 years long, to be precise), and Chips the robot reminds Ajay of all the friends he has on Planet Ajay. Ajay remembering all that his friends did for him is used as the framing device for the clips, which are supposed to be Ajay's memories.
  • Kamen Rider Build has two that occur over the first half of their respective episodes before the main plot resumes during the second half. Interestingly, the clip shows are used by the heroes to make deductions that advance the plot. The first clip show is the heroes reviewing footage of previous battles and explaining how the Transformation Trinkets work in order to figure out a way to safely use the Hazzard Trigger. The deductions they make lead to the development of the Mid-Season Upgrade form. Later, the heroes do a more comprehensive recap of the series events in order to figure out what the Big Bad is currently planning based on his plans thus far. They end up figuring out that his early attacks on the heroes all followed a pattern, except for one that seemingly didn't until they did some further digging and found it had a very important connection.
  • The game show Save to Win had two clip shows to end out the run. Egregiously, one of the clips actually depicts something that never happened on the show. The blink-and-you-miss-it clip shows a team winning the $5,000, having picked products 8 and 12. That’s not how it went down on the actual episode; the team had really only won $1,700 by picking 4 and 16.
  • Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation had two clip show episodes.
    • "Like Brothers", which focused on Leonardo and Raphael fighting, each one using clips to show the other's foibles, and the other turtles using clips to try and stop the fighting.
    • "Who Needs Her", where Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo reflect on their experiences with having Venus de Milo on their team.
  • In the Starsky & Hutch episode "Partners," Hutch develops amnesia after a car crash, leading Starsky to recount scenes from previous episodes in order to jog his memory. In the end he admits he was faking it as revenge for Starsky's reckless driving.
  • The Miami Vice episode "A Bullet for Crockett" has most of the characters reminiscing about past missions when Crockett is shot during a drug bust gone bad.
  • Dead Man's Gun: In the clip show based Grand Finale "A Just Reward", a criminal is hired to retrieve the gun for the enigmatic Mr. Smith, killing the guns' previous owners in the process. But his employer seems to know quite a great deal about the gun...and some of its previous owners.
  • The Supernatural episode title "Clip Show" refers to this trope in a characteristically snarky way. The entire episode isn't built around preexisting clips, but enough are included to show why Sam and Dean are upset about the people Crowley is killing.

  • (G)I-DLE's "Blow Your Mind" music video is produced from footage the members took of each other on a trip to San Francisco
  • The Kids Praise series had a clip album: Psalty's Singalongathon Maranatha Marathon Hallelujah Jubilee, set up as a TV special where viewers at home could phone in their votes for their favorite songs from the previous albums, which Psalty and the Kids would then perform.
  • The BBC's Top of the Pops 2 which mostly focused on selected archive performances from the show's history, as well as showcasing the odd bit of new music.
  • LOONA's music video of "Loonatic" is mostly made up of the extra footage and bloopers of previous ODD EYE CIRCLE member videos.
  • Queen: The video to "The Show Must Go On" is made up of clips from earlier Queen videos, due to Freddie Mercury's terminal illness.
  • The The Rolling Stones video compilation, Video Rewind, which is a compilation of some of their videos and archival footage. The clips are framed with footage of Bill Wyman working as a security guard in a museum and is in a back room labeled "Exhibit Of Ancient Antiques". Among the "antiques" is Mick Jagger, in a glass case wearing one of his 1973 stage outfits. The two comment on the clips as they are shown playing on Wyman's computer. In the end, It Was All A Dream as Mick wakes up Bill before a show - or was it?
  • GFRIEND's "A Tale of the Glass Bead" uses parts of previous music videos to introduce the lore surrounding their fictional universe, also showing the story present in their videos like a recap.
  • The video for Eminem's "Sing For The Moment" is a compilation of vignettes from The Anger Management Tour along with cameos various fellow rappers, including Dr. Dre, the members of D12, 50 Cent, Ludacris and Ras Kass.
  • Ditto with 50 Cent's "If I Can't", whose video also comprised of concert clips and previosly-filmed documentary footage.
  • The music video, New Century Ultraman Legend, was released in conjunction with the 35th Anniversary of the Ultra Series, and is composed mainly of clips from various TV series and movies existing in the franchise at the time - intersect between scenes of various Ultramen performing an impromptu aerobic dance and tap-dance for the audience.
  • N Sync also took a similar approach with "I'll Never Stop", albeit with a Framing Device of four female fans watching archival footage of the band on various objects and dancing to the song.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Gerry Anderson Shows have had tons of these episodes. They were generally made towards the end of production:
    • Stingray1964: "Aquanaut Of The Year" (in which Troy is being honoured as part of This Is Your Life - cue flashbacks to previous missions).
    • Thunderbirds: "Security Hazard" (in which a little boy named Chip stows away on Thunderbird 2 and when found is put in the care of the brothers and Jeff - cue flashbacks to previous missions as Virgil, Alan, Scott and Gordon explain how their craft are important).
    • Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons: "The Inquisition" (in which Captain Blue is being interrogated by a representative of Spectrum Intelligence - cue flashbacks to previous missions as Blue tries to show he is who he says he is). He eventually realises it's a Mysteron plot.
    • Joe90: "The Birthday" (in which Joe finally celebrates his 10th birthday - cue flashbacks to previous missions).
    • Terrahawks: "Ma's Monsters" (in which Zelda is unhappy over her constant failures to wipe out the Terrahawks - cue flashbacks to... you know).
  • Star Fleet had 3 of these... in a 25 episode run. Due to the redundancy, the third one was simply skipped in the English dub.
    • The third clip show seems to be excluded from import packages, as the French, Italian and Arabic versions also exclude it.
    • The second clip show (Episode thirteen) is a unique example, with the continuity of episodes being scrambled, as well as the events of Episodes 8 and 10 being merged.
  • Sesame Street
    • The 1994 special, "Sesame Street All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever!" shows clips from various episodes and sketches, with the over-arching story being about the citizens of Sesame Street attempting to save the neighborhood from Ronald Grump and his plan to turn it into the Grump Tower.
    • 1989's 20 And Still Counting, hosted by Bill Cosby, fits this trope as well.
    • And then there's The Street We Live On from 2004, which mostly plays as an extended Elmo's World episode except that its Strictly Formula segments work in some older clips. A retrospective of the show's 35-year history is also shown at the very end of the special.
  • The Mr. Potato Head Show: The final two episodes of the show are unabashed clip shows; Mr. Potato Head has frequent flashbacks to earlier episodes when he hears that the show has been cancelled to justify most of them. However, at one point, the narrator just says they're going to show the audience some clips just because. It's as if they were deliberately aiming for So Bad, It's Good!
  • The Noddy Shop had episode called "Sing Yourself To Sleep" that was a unique twist on this. The episode used songs from past episodes, but it had no Noddy's Toyland Adventures segment, instead having clips from previous segments play over the song "The Friend You'll Find In Me".
    • "Find Your Own Song" also utilizes the same method for the Noddy's Toyland Adventures segments as "Sing Yourself to Sleep", where clips from that series are shown over the songs "You've Got Talent" and "Follow Your Voice" instead.

    Video Games 
  • Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri: The cutscene for "The Voice of Planet" Secret Project consists primarily of sped-up clips from all the previous cutscenes in the game to represent the entire contents of their version of the internet being forcibly uploaded into the Planet brain with the force of every reactor on the planet.

  • Brawl in the Family has done this in the "Turnabout Kirby" plot, where Dedede shows several pictures of Kirby's eating mishaps from past comics (amidst newly created ones)

    Web Videos 

    Western Animation 
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: The episode Chipmunkmania is framed as a documentary for the 30th anniversary of the Chipmunks with one shortened past episode each for Simon, Theodore and Alvin.
  • Besides the full-length features, the Looney Tunes shorts had several of these.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • Phineas and Ferb had a "Musical Cliptastic Countdown" composed of clips from their most memorable musical numbers, as voted on by the viewers. There's also "Phineas's Birthday Clip-o-Rama", where the gang makes a clip show for Phineas's birthday. As expected, they take joy in lampshading this trope at every chance they get. It is also a subversion because there is at least one clip in each segment that didn't come from any episode and makes no sense at all.
    • There is also the episode "This Is Your Backstory", which is a much more traditional clip show. Dr. Doofenschmirtz makes a device that will use all of his tragic backstories to make his more evil. It also comes off as a not-quite-successful attempt to organize his numerous backstories.
  • In addition to re-using old animation in "new" theatrical shorts and TV specials, the Warner Brothers cartoon set has five movies devoted to this. The first, The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie (1979), is a That's Entertainment!-esque retrospective hosted by Bugs Bunny in new linking segments; the sequels use new animation to link the shorts together into a long storyline. For example, Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island has a framing device of various characters making wishes in a wishing well. You can easily tell what is original footage and what isn't because of the difference in animation. Also Mel Blanc's voice was noticeably different towards the end of his life, making it easy to distinguish original lines from lines that were redubbed to fit the plot of the film.
  • CatDog' Had a mini episode called Winslow's Home Movies sandwiched between two other episodes, where Winslow plays a video tape of his favorite and most humiliating CatDog moments. The episode ends with Winslow nearly getting flushed out of the house after CatDog flood the place while taking a bath. CatDog goes surfing out the front door, and Winslow ends up tied to The TV monitor hanging upside down. Not only was he showing clips he had previously videotaped, he was videotaping CatDog taking a bath and broadcasting it live
  • Duckman's second season ended with "Clip Job", a clip show that deconstructed clip shows. The framing story had a disgruntled television critic kidnapping the titular character and trying to convince him that Duckman is the most immoral show of all time. Duckman is unaware that he is a television character, and can't understand where and how the critic acquired all the clips of his past adventures, which he uses to torture Duckman by showing him the worst aspects of his personality. In the end Duckman is rescued, and his sons Charles and Mambo point out that if their life really were a TV program then this occurrence would have been a clip show created as an excuse to spend less money on original production. Duckman scoffs at the idea and asks who could possibly be so cynical to do such a thing. He then stares out at the audience as the credits start to roll, beginning with the names of the series' executive producers.
  • Gargoyles has a clip show centered around the paranoid rantings of a recurring background character. (See Recurring Extra.)
    • A more Subtle version occured in the episode Avalon, Part II, where the villain of the three part episode has Time Travel powers in addition to Physical God status and use them to instruct his younger self how to attain these powers. Because of the nature of Time Travel in the Gargoyles universe, which is always stable time loops, the net result is him traveling to different past episodes to arrange the various elements to fall into his younger self's possession only after they become no longer story relative. While his interaction in the old episode segments is new footage, it's often inter cut with old footage to save on animation, creating several noticeable Animation Bumps.
  • Kappa Mikey decides to go meta for its clip show episode... the plot revolves around putting together a clip show for the Show Within a Show.
  • Jackie Chan Adventures has a phlebotinum-induced one, in which Jackie actually has to travel to several points in the past, while trying not to change the outcome of his adventures.
  • The Jay Jay the Jet Plane episode "Snuffy's Seasons" has Snuffy remember several memories of past episodes as the others teach him about the seasons.
  • Shadow Raiders has a clip show based around Graveheart having a crisis of faith in his leadership abilities. It consisted of each of the main characters going "Did I just hear you want to quit? What about the time you did X?" and a clip would roll. Sadly, one of the series' weaker episodes, though it did resolve this arc for his character, for what that's worth.
  • The Simpsons did a handful, though they were phased out after Season 13. FOX originally wanted four clip-show episodes a season - the showrunners were mercifully able to push back on that, and the ones that did happen usually came with a decent amount of Lampshade Hanging and Self-Deprecation that made it go down a bit easier with the audience.
    • "So It's Come to This: A Simpsons' Clip Show" (Season 4): It's April Fools' Day and Bart has had it with Homer's pranks, so Bart shakes a can of beer up so much that it explodes (using a paint shaker at a local hardware store), putting Homer in a coma. While Homer is in a coma, the rest of the family (and Mr. Burns) reminisces about all the wacky adventures the Simpsons have had from seasons 1 through the first half of 4. Includes a self-referential joke where Bart remembers an "Itchy and Scratchy" cartoon and says, "It was an amusing episode...of our lives." Has an unusually large amount of new footage for a clip show - the first act is all brand-new, and they added extra animation to the clip of Homer falling down the gorge a second time from "Bart The Daredevil".
    • "Another Simpsons Clip Show" (Season 6): After reading The Bridges of Madison County, Marge decides to gather the family in the kitchen so they can discuss their love lives (most of which ended in tragedy [Bart getting his heart broken by Laura from "New Kid on the Block" and Lisa yelling at Ralph in "I Love Lisa") or near-infidelity (Homer almost sleeping with his coworker Mindy in "The Last Temptation of Homer" and Marge almost driving to Jacques the French bowler's house in "Life in the Fast Lane"). Notable for intentionally taking the concept to its extreme by having next to no new footage for its framing scenes: the kitchen sequence used for most of the episode was reused from Season 2's "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish", and one of the only other scenes was similarly recycled from Season 1's "Krusty Gets Busted" (meaning it looks notably less polished than the surrounding footage), with only the very first scene featuring new animation. (Even the couch gag was recycled.) Also notable for this exchange:
      Bart and Lisa are watching Itchy & Scratchy
      Marge: How many times can you laugh at that cat getting hit by the moon?
      Bart: It's a new episode.
      Lisa: Not exactly. They pieced it together from old shows and it seems new to the trusting eyes of impressionable youth.
      Bart: Really?
      Lisa: Ren and Stimpy do it all the time.
      Marge: Yes, they do. And when was the last time you heard anyone talk about Ren and Stimpy?
    • "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular" (Season 7): A take on sitcom retrospective episodes of the 1970s (like the Three's Company example mentioned above). It had Troy McClure hosting a retrospective of The Simpsons, showing viewers the show's early years as animated filler on The Tracey Ullman Show, deleted scenes from popular episodes (all of which are real, according to Word of God), including the infamous "Robotic Richard Simmons" scene from season 5's "Burns' Heir" and the Alternate Ending to "Who Shot Mr. Burns?: Part 2", portraying Matt Groening as a bald, drunken gun nut (instead of a bearded, bespectacled nerd), and, of course, "hard-core nudity!". Interestingly, this is the only Simpsons episode animated entirely in the United States. Usually considered the best clip-show of the series, thanks to some sharp writing, a strong performance from Phil Hartman, and the fact that the material shown was very difficult to find otherwise prior to the release of the DVD boxsets.
    • "All Singing, All Dancing" (Season 9): Starts out as a normal episode (much like "So It's Come to This: A Simpsons' Clip Show") where Homer rents Paint Your Wagon, thinking it was a typical Clint Eastwood western before finding out it's actually a musical, then complains that musicals suck, prompting the rest of the family to show video clips of the many times the Simpson family (and the people of Springfield) have broken out in song. In response to this, Snake barges in and holds the entire family hostage, but leaves when he realizes how weird it is to hold a singing family at gunpoint. Has a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment during the credits where gunshots can be heard when Phil Hartman's name appears in the credits (to make matters worse, this was the last episode for which Hartman did voicework shown before he died, although his voice appeared in "Bart the Mother," a leftover season nine episode that aired in season 10).
    • "Gump Roast" (Season 13): Homer is honored at a Friars' Club Roast, when Kang and Kodos invade so they can enslave humanity. Not much to write home about, except for the end song, sung by Dan Castellaneta, parodying Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" and the lyric: "We're sorry for the clip show!" Also has a Hilarious in Hindsight moment where the song mentions an episode with a "crazy wedding" involving Patty, Selma, and Grampa getting married to each other. Selma and Grampa would marry each other in season 18's "Rome-Old and Juli-Ech." Patty, on the other hand, would get married in season 16's "There's Something About Marrying," but in that episode she would almost marry a man who looks like a woman and break up with her near-husband/wife because Patty just revealed to Marge that she was a lesbian — despite her and Selma's crush on MacGyver. Also of note that this is the last clip show the writers have done, according to the season 13 DVD commentary, as the writers have now taken to doing "trilogy" episodes [episodes with three separate stories for each act], such as "Margical History Tour," "Tales From The Public Domain," "Love: Springfieldian Style," "Simpsons Christmas Stories," "Four Great Women and a Manicure," and "The Fight Before Christmas."
      • The show itself sent "Gump Roast" up just one week later with "I Am Furious (Yellow)", in which Bart makes Homer the subject of his highly popular Angry Dad cartoon; when Homer catches on, he immediately swears off all expressions of anger. Bart, watching Homer get hit by objects but not reacting, says, "Come on, Angry Dad! Get angry! Don't make me do a clip show!"
      • In addition to the full-episode clip shows, there were some partial clip shows The Simpsons had: in season 5's "Bart's Inner Child," Lisa and Bart think back to all the times Marge has nagged them after Marge asks if she nags the family all the time.
      • In season 11's "Behind the Laughter", the family is portrayed as Animated Actors. During the "documentary", clips are shown from "Bart the Daredevil" and "The Principal and the Pauper", as well as scenes of previous guest stars.
      • In season 13's "The Blunder Years," Homer thinks back to the time he jumped over Springfield Gorge (from season 2's "Bart the Daredevil"), but Lisa interrupts, stating that everyone is sick of that flashback.
      • In season 19's "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind," Homer travels through his mind to see what he did to make his family leave him. If you look closely at the background, you can see clips of scenes from the past 18 seasons).
      • In season 20's "How the Test was Won," there was a Fully Automatic Clip Show of the many times Homer has injured himself.
        Homer: Heh heh, what a week.
  • One of the last episodes of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, "Hero of the Year", uses this trope as part of a dinner party held in Sonic's honor (with Dr. Robotnik doing a similar one for himself).
  • Spiral Zone did no less than five clip shows.
  • The SWAT Kats episode "Swat Kats — A Special Report" is a clip show disguised as a news report about the heroes.
  • The final episode of The Critic, "I Can't Believe It's a Clip Show", takes place at the filming of a clip show celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Show Within a Show Coming Attractions. As a result, the clips are from that and the various movie parodies featured in the series.
  • The original final episode of Beavis and Butt-Head is a clip show where all the secondary characters have flashbacks over their encounters with the two main characters from the previous episodes.
  • The final episode of Code Lyoko, "Echoes", is a clip show where the main characters are reminiscing of their adventures throughout the series, before shutting off the Supercomputer for good.
  • Monster Buster Club also ended with a clip show.
  • KaBlam! never had an official clip show, but the episodes "Won't Stick to Most Dental Work!" (in the begining, when Henry shows all the times June has been pranking/beating him up, and at the end, when June was showing all the good times she and Henry had together) and "Under New Management!" (when Henry's thinking back to the moments that Mr. Foot beat him up) played clips from previous episodes.
  • When Action League NOW! became a show, they had a clip show, "And Justice For None", when the Action League is trying to explain why the team shouldn't be terminated.
  • Totally Spies!:
    • The appropriately named episode "The Elevator", where the spies reminisce about highlights of previous episodes while trapped in a malfunctioning elevator.
    • They ended up having another one near the end of season five in the episode "So Totally Not Groove-y", though it ended up having more of an active plot than the first one.
  • Biker Mice from Mars:
    • The original 1993 series had five clip show episodes: "The Tribunal", "The Inquisition", "Villain of the Year", "Mad Scientist Wanted", and "Academy of Hard Knocks".
    • The 2006 revival had two clip show episodes: "Carbine's Conundrum" and "Cat and Mouse".
  • The Grand Finale episode "Clip Hangers" of Timon & Pumbaa had Timon and Pumbaa falling off a cliff after trying to catch a grub. Then, clips of their previous adventures show.
  • Transformers: Prime:
    • The episode Grill, in which Agent Fowler must make a case to his superiors for Team Prime to stay active on Earth in the wake of MECH's plots to discredit the Autobots with a fake version of Optimus.
    • In the same season, we also got the episode Patch, where Megatron enters Starscream's mind and overviews Starscream's previous plots against him to see if he should rejoin the Decepticons. Unlike other examples, it ends up having immediate, heavy consequences for both Knockout and Dreadwing.
  • The Legend of Tarzan combines this with Direct Line to the Author. In an episode, Edgar Rice Burroughs himself visits Africa, looking for inspiration, and various characters from the show tell him about Tarzan's previous adventures.
  • Taz-Mania: "The Platypi Psonic Psensation Psimulator" (although, this being Taz-Mania, the Playpus Brothers immediately lampshade this episode as what it is).
  • Captain N: The Game Master set a new low for cheaply done clip episodes: their clip show has no framing story to justify the clips, and in fact contains no new footage whatsoever. It's just a half hour of randomly assembled clips with no explanation...and with no dialog. Yes, for some reason, all the dialog has been removed from the clips, resulting in 30 minutes of silent reused animation playing over background music. Kids were understandably confused and upset. When the episode aired in syndication, they put the voices back in and added some new narration, most of which has nothing to do with the action on screen.
  • Pinky and the Brain: "Schpiel-borg 2000" starts off as this.
  • 101 Dalmatians: The Series had two episodes that were clip shows. One was "Humanitarian of the Year", where Cruella attempts to win the mentioned title for publicity, while the pups find photographs she ordered Horace and Jasper to hide of her being her usual cruel self, bringing up clips from previous episodes (Oddly, there were no cameras present to take pictures of these situations). Next was "Horace and Jasper's Big Career Move", where Horace and Jasper try to find new jobs, bringing up events of previous episodes. "The Making Of..." uses a few clips from previous episodes at first, but then goes off on its' own.
  • The 13th and final episode of ProStars was a clip show.
  • The Recess Direct to Video movies note  Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street and Recess: All Growed Down both consisted of episodes of the television show (Four for the former, three for the latter) with linking material. Some fans felt ripped off because they hardly got anything new, but it could've been Disney's secret way of saying "Alright, we're not making new episodes of this show. Buy these now before we take the show off!"
    • Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street (released a day after the show aired its final episode) took place right after the Christmas Episode, with Principal Prickly carpooling Miss Finster and Miss Grotke home after school, until his car gets stuck in a snowbank, making him and Miss Finster instantly blame the kids, due to them having to deal with their pranks every day. So Miss Grotke tries to explain to them that the kids aren't as bad as they make them out to be, bringing up previous episodes ("Principal for a Day", "The Great Can Drive", "Weekend at Muriel's", and "Yes, Mikey, Santa Does Shave"), which play as part of the movie.
    • Recess: All Growed Down (Released two years after the show ended, along with Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade) was about the gang getting kidnapped by the kindergarteners, though only because their new leader, Chief Stinky wanted them to, and made the other kindergarteners believe that the older kids were bad. So the gang try to re-affirm the fact that they've been nice to them by bringing up (And playing) the episodes "The Legend of Big Kid", "Wild Child", and "Kindergarten Derby", and the rest of the film is new material- specifically, Gus bringing up the gang's origin story of how they met in kindergarten.
  • Clerks: The Animated Series featured a clip show... as its second episode. Most of the footage used was new, but there was a flashback to earlier in the episode.
  • Arthur:
    • The episode, "DW's Perfect Wish" has Arthur cheer up a depressed D.W. on her fifth birthday by reminding her of all the good times she had when she was four.
    • The episode, "Best Day Ever", has Arthur's friends remembering their favorite days, and Arthur trying to come up with one for himself. Even though video clips from older episodes are used, they are dubbed with the show's current voice actors.
    • In some ways, the episode "Arthur's Almost Live Not Real Music Festival" was like a clip show with two of the songs: "Leftovers Goulash" and "(Just a Little) Homework", both songs set to various clips from previous episodes, and in many cases, it's quite funny.
  • Rugrats:
    • While Rugrats never officially had a clip show episode, the featurette "The Pickles Family Album" (included as a bonus on the Decade in Diapers DVD) features clips from various episodes of the show. The featurette is hosted by Angelica Pickles.
    • Clips from various episodes can also be seen at the end of the "All Growed Up" special.
  • Magic Adventures of Mumfie had "The Album", where the characters find a memento of one of their adventures and a clip from the episode follows it. The order of the items may suggest that all the episodes are Out of Order.
  • Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures had a number of clips show episodes. "Animation Concerto" and "Mighty's Musical Classics" were exclusively snippets of original Terrytoons shorts set to musical numbers, "Stress For Success" had Mighty Mouse trying to relax and dreaming of old MM cartoon clips, "Scrappy's Playhouse" had Scrappy disrupting a theater screening of Mighty Mouse cartoons with his constant commentary, and "Anatomy Of A Milquetoast" and "Mighty's Tone Poem" used clips from the first season as part of their storylines (MM on trial for Scrappy's disappearance; MM "punishing" his old foes in lieu of a prison sentence).
  • The "Wolves, Witches, and Giants" episode "The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" contains one of these with the Wolf conducting his latest scheme by dressing up as a sheep so he can blend in with the herd and eat them and his partner the Fox telling him that it's bound to fail, he then shows him a videotape of his various failures throughout the series, and the Wolf tries to counter this by showing him his few victories, and his scheme fails as the Giant tries to eat him and he escapes by slipping out of the skin.
  • The Legend of Korra episode "Remembrances" is a Three Shorts version of this. The first has Mako telling his history of the Mako/Korra/Asami love triangle, the second has Korra telling Asami about her doubts and defeats, and third was Varrick's plan to make a "mover" Very Loosely Based on a True Story. The clip show was done due to a sudden budget cut, and the writers tried really hard to at least make the episode interesting. Korra's section is a pretty straight example (albeit one with actual Character Development). Mako's comes off as the creators' Self-Deprecation at how messy the love triangle was, and also sort of retcons an actual character arc onto it for Mako. Varrick's, meanwhile, was basically the writers making The Abridged Series of their own show.
  • House of Mouse had two direct-to-video films, a Halloween one called Mickey's House of Villains and a Christmas one called Snowed in at the House of Mouse. Both of them happened to consist mostly of recycled animation (though Mickey's introduction in House of Villains had the animation redone so that his vampire costume was less ghoulish). Technically speaking, the original show itself was a clip show as the cartoons shown at the House of Mouse were mainly recycled shorts from Mickey MouseWorks as well as some of the classic Disney shorts.
  • Tom and Jerry did several "cheater" cartoons. This was sometimes made all the more obvious by the pair's character designs changing over the years-for example, the Chuck Jones-era cartoon "Shutterbugged Cat" uses footage of the very different looking Hanna-Barbera era Tom and Jerry while utilizing original animation in a quasi-classic style by Tom Ray.
  • The final episode of the second season of Donkey Kong Country entitled, "The Message in a Bottle Show" involves Donkey Kong getting a letter where he is elected the Future Ruler of all Future Rulers. He has to leave Kongo Bongo, possibly forever, the following day, so that night, Diddy hosts a banquet dinner honoring him, where montages of characters remembering sequences from older episodes (mostly from the first season) are shown. At the end of the episode, it is revealed that the letter was addressed to "Monkey Kong" and DK misread it.
  • The Transformers took this is an absurd extreme: the entire fifth season is a massive clip show in which a large puppet version of Powermaster Optimus Prime tells a young boy stories from the Autobot-Decepticon war, with each story consisting of an episode from one of the earlier seasons and the movie edited down somewhat to make room for the new segments with the kid.
  • Danger Mouse:
    • "Demons Aren't Dull" uses clips from the very first series in a sequence unrelated to the story's main plot. While searching for a dimensional demon, Danger Mouse is re-routed to a This is Your Life-themed TV show which uses the clips to magnify his presumed shortcomings (all a Greenback plot in a ruse to get DM to resign as a secret agent).
    • The Relaunch has had three so far: The Christmas Episode "Yule Only Watch Twice", in which DM and Penfold appear on a chat show; "Danger-Thon", in which the Danger Agency runs a telethon; and, just five episodees after that, "The Supies", set at the Secret Agent Awards.
  • Lilo & Stitch: The Series had the "Ace" segment of late Season 2 episode "Mrs. Hasagawa's Cats/Ace", in which Jumba showed footage of his experiments doing evil things to the head of the Evil Genius Organization. This was to convince the head of E.G.O. that Jumba is still evil and his membership should not be revoked. Notably, the segment showed nearly the entirety of Slushy (523) and Splodyhead (619)'s epic fight from the former experiment's episode, and in that episode Jumba stated that he forgot to bring his camera. It should also be noted that "Ace" was originally supposed to have a much more substantial plot and not be a clip show, but it was changed in the wake of a then-recent tsunami.
  • The series finale of Animaniacs, entitled "The Animaniacs Suite" contains clips from every other segment accompanied by a beautifully orchestrated medley of the show's theme and character themes.
  • G.I. Joe
    • The last two episodes of the DiC Entertainment continuation of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero were both clip shows: "Basic Training" (which was presented in the form of General Hawk giving lectures and battle strategies to new recruits) and "The Legend of Metalhead" (which had Metalhead narrate the events of several episodes that featured him in a significant role).
    • The G.I. Joe: Sigma 6 episode "Awards" consisted of clips from previous episodes edited together and with the premise of the Joes looking back at their greatest moments.
  • Aside from the "new" episodes made by revising older episodes or recycling footage from them, the last episode of Spider-Man (1967) was a clip show episode entitled "Trip to Tomorrow". Scenes were recycled from the episodes "Thunder Rumble", "Return of the Flying Dutchman", and "The Evil Sorcerer", with the framing device consisting of Spider-Man encountering a boy attempting to run away from home and deciding to become a superhero in Podunk, Spidey talking the youngster out of his plan by telling him about his previous adventures to make him understand how dangerous and risky being a superhero really is.
  • The prime time Scooby-Doo special Scooby Goes Hollywood centers around Scooby leaving his Saturday morning show to become a prime time star. When he leaves, a series of clips from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! are used as Fred, Daphne and Velma do a musical number pleading for Scooby to come back (the song done to the tune of The New Scooby-Doo Movies).
  • Matt's Monsters haves one towards the end of the series, with the main characters searching for fitting clips to use in a commercial for their monster hunting job. Recurring villain Madame Bovary gets in the fun too trying to do the same for her activity, but Matt sabotages her job by replacing the tape with one of her worst moments.
  • The Real Ghostbusters had a clip show episode entitled "Deja Boo", which had Slimer captured by his enemy Professor Dweeb so that he could use a machine to study his memories and find out a way to out-do the Ghostbusters in capturing ghosts. The episode had a regular half-hour version (which used clips from the episodes "The Copycat", "Halloween II 1/2", and "Sticky Business") and an extended hour-long cut (which used clips from the same episodes as the half-hour version in addition to the episode "The Two Faces of Slimer").
  • Dr. Zitbag's Transylvania Pet Shop had two clip show episodes.
    • The episode "Word of Horror" had the framing device of Dr. Zitbag being put on trial for being too nice with the jury evaluating scenes from previous episodes where he appeared to do good deeds.
    • Clips from previous episodes are used in the slanderous films Zitbag and his rival Professor Sherman Vermin make of each other in the episode "The Seventh Art".
  • The second aftermath episode in Total Drama World Tour features the characters trying to raise enough money to refuel the Total Drama Jumbo Jet. To help the cause, Geoff and Bridgette sing a song called "Save This Show", which explains why the viewers should donate money. For most of the song, clips from all of the past episodes (besides "Super Happy Crazy Fun Time Japan") play.
  • MAD: In the 100th episode, One Direction lock themselves in a room, in order to focus on writing a great song. However, MAD comes on the TV, and they are mysteriously unable to turn it off. As they're forced to watch clips of the show, they sing "Worst Show Ever", a parody of "Best Song Ever".
  • The obscure 1980 feature Hurray for Betty Boop (aka Betty Boop for President) is an extreme version of this — it's solely assembled from colorized clips from 35 Betty Boop shorts, redubbed and rescored into an original storyline in which she runs for President of the United States.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has six of these. The episodes take place before Twilight's coronation as ruler of Equestria, and her friends make her a memory book as a gift. Despite being made during production of Season 9, none of the clip shows have ever aired in the US within 2019 or 2020.

Subversions and Parodies

    Anime and Manga 
  • The second episode of Miami Guns was one of these, that reviewed episodes from an imaginary first season.
  • Subverted in Seitokai Yakuindomo. The final episode starts its second half with what appears to be a regular clip show. Then things start getting strange when characters flash back to events that didn't happen the way they happened. In Mutsumi's case, events that weren't even in the same genre. And it gets Up to Eleven weirder; apparently Tsuda's souvenir actually changed to conform to Shino's warped memory, causing Tsuda to go into a short Heroic BSoD. That the whole thing is topped off with a preview for the show that will be taking their time slot (that also doesn't exist) cements the show taking a sledgehammer to the fourth wall.
  • Parodied on Kill la Kill—episode 16 begins narrated by Senketsu, declaring this to be "the recap episode you knew was coming." (This show was made by the same people as Panty and Stocking and Gurren Lagann, listed above.) He then summarizes all the previous episodes in two minutes, teases the audience for thinking that he was serious, and compliments the show on how its fast pace made this go so quickly. Bonus points because the actual episode that follows includes several revelations that puts the previous episodes in perspective.
  • Excel Saga had two of these despite only running for 26 episodes. The first was halfway through the series and was about half and half between old and new content (with the premise of a New Year's gameshow that had clips for some reason), while the second was about five episodes later and recapped the Pedro storyline, consisting almost entirely of recycled content up until the end when the storyline was expanded on a bit. Naturally, since this is Excel Saga, it was parodied: Not all the clips shown play out like they did in the episodes which turns "remember that time" into a form of Unreliable Narrator.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Avengers: Endgame: As the finale of the first 22 movies comprising the Infinity Saga, Endgame plays with this by having the characters travel through time to collect the Infinity Stones. We get some clips of old scenes, occasionally seen from new angles or with a twist, from Avengers 2012, Thor 2, and Guardians of the Galaxy. But once the time traveling present-day Avengers start altering events there's plenty of new content too.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Parodied in Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger Episode 13. The Akibarangers are sent a DVD of their previous adventures in order to find out what they did wrong in order to get a second season. This episode features enough humorous commentary by the team to be a parody alone. Eventually they figure out it was just the producer's way to force a clip show episode.
  • Subverted with Doctor Who's season 23, "The Trial of a Time Lord", which had a theme of the Doctor being put on trial. The four serials (or one, or three, depending on who you ask) are set out like a clip show but it's all new footage of adventures that the Doctor supposedly had after the end of the previous season, and a major plot point is whether the "evidence" seen in the flashbacks may have been altered by an unknown party to make the Doctor look worse. The "Terror of the Vervoids" section twists things even further, in that the clips shown are of events that have yet to happen, from the point of view of the characters in the courtroom.
  • Parodied in Community twice, in "Paradigms of Human Memory" and "Curriculum Unavailable". In both episodes, the study group recall past events in a similar set-up to a Clip Show, but all the clips are new scenes, resulting in more of a Noodle Incident Show. In addition there are a couple segments that take place — but not actually in — a few episodes. One example in "Paradigms of Human Memory" is them having a flashback to "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas" but not done in claymation, or an extra scene not shown in the episode, and in "Curriculum Unavailable" the whole Greendale Asylum segment. Rather impressively, ''Paradigms of Human Memory' ends in a Jeff Winger speech that takes place during all of the events previously shown.
  • Saturday Night Live: When Justine Bateman hosted, they did a "Family Ties" skit. The Keatons would reminisce about a previous episode which was another clip show which would flash back to another episode. Which then flashbacked into an episode of The Jeffersons which was itself a clip show...
  • Stargate SG-1: lampshaded and parodied in episode "200".
  • Subverted in the 30 Rock episode "The Bubble" when Jack mentions that Tracy's contract is up and Liz responds that they sure do have some crazy memories of Tracy. They stand quietly for a moment with Liz remarking "I'm picturing them right now", but no clip starts and both characters shake it off and continue with the episode.
  • The April Fools' Day episode of iCarly starts out like a typical clip show episode...but soon turns into absolute madness.
  • The season 1 finale of Taxi had a standard clip show format with everyone reminiscing about their times driving a cab that's just been wrecked. However, it was entirely new material.
  • In the penultimate episode of Supernatural season eight (actually called "Clip Show"), Crowley starts killing people Sam and Dean have saved, threatening to destroy their entire lives' work unless they stand down. Clips from previous episodes are used so we know who all these people coming Back for the Dead are, but they actually don't take up a large part of the episode.
  • One episode of the Disney show Kickin' It ended up with Jack getting amnesia, and the rest of the dojo having to jog his memory by reminding him of his life.
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The season 13 episode "The Gang Does a Clip Show" has the gang sitting at the bar waiting for their cell phones to update (which will take 30 minutes), so they decide to reminisce about their past shenanigans. After a few clip montages, the gang starts to misremember past events, and the altered history starts to change their current reality. One memory recreates the Seinfeld episode "The Contest." Eventually they realize that they're getting "stuck" in each other's minds and have to figure out whose it is to get back to reality.

  • In the Hamish and Dougal episode "Trapped!", Hamish and Dougal find themselves trapped on an escalator (yes, it's that kind of show), and Hamish reminisces about the events of the previous episode, because that's what you do when you're trapped somewhere. Dougal doesn't quite get the concept, becoming confused as to which of him is which when halfway through a line from the clip, and then remembering a scene from Friends instead.

    Web Animation 
  • Spoofed a few times by Homestar Runner:
    • In the Strong Bad Email "personal favorites" Strong Bad, when asked about his favorite emails, lists two real examples, "invisibility" and "gimmicks", but then starts making ones up (like the time he got drunk on soy sauce and tried to fly Bubs' Concession Stand, or the time Coach Z and Pom Pom got in a knife fight at the stone bridge). This caused a lot of confusion when some people thought they were real excerpts, and that they had missed emails.
    • Similarly referenced in "email thunder" when Homestar explains that Strong Bad was in a bunch of his hremails, listing the two real sbemails "caper" and "long pants" before following them up with a fake one where he dressed up like Coach Z.
    • In a cartoon that never aired on the site (originally seen at the Flash Forward convention), Homestar misinterprets the name of the con as "The Flashback Show". Strong Bad's response: "I love a good cop-out!" He then has "flashbacks" to previous cons in the style of a clip show.
    • Also done in Strong Bad's "Sbemailiarized" series, where Strong Bad bookends an old cartoon between scenes of himself reading an email and tries to pass it off as a new episode.

    Web Comics 
  • The Insecticomics has a clip webcomic, in which Tarantulas uses a device to show Megatron past and future comic panels. Oddly enough, some of the panels never actually happened and were probably thrown in for the heck of it.
  • In 8-Bit Theater, at one point Black Mage asks "Have I mentioned that I hate Thief?" Which cues a montage of the times Black Mage said that he hates Thief in response to Thief screwing the team over. One of these is from an event where Black Mage doesn't actually use the phrase, but it's got a lampshade along the lines of "I'm not saying it, but I'm certainly thinking it." The last of these is just a scene from The Boondock Saints with the faces of the Light Warrior pasted on.
  • Basic Instructions provides a "how to".

    Web Original 
  • Renegade Rhetoric, a Facebook page that was a Character Blog for Cy-Kill from Challenge of the GoBots and had many posts used to describe the events of episodes from a non-existent second season of the cartoon, had hints that the fictional episode "Nightmares of a Leader" was a clip show episode. The framing device is that Leader-1 gets injured from a Renegade attack and the rest of the Guardians and their human allies use monitors to watch Leader-1's memories of past adventures while waiting for him to recover. While the specific episodes used aren't addressed by title, Cy-Kill does provide succinct hints that the episodes clips are used from in this hypothetical clip show are "Time Wars", "Cy-Kill's Shrinking Ray", "Sentinel", "Wolf in the Fold", "A New Suit for Leader-1", "Ring of Fire", "Lost on Gobotron", "Ultra Zod", "The Renegades' Rampage, Part Two" and "Dawn World".

    Web Videos 
  • Satirized in The Nostalgia Critic's 100th Episode special, where the Critic appears on-camera to tell the audience that they can watch some lame clips of his past episodes while he goes backstage to smoke a joint... until the characters in the clips call him out on it and insist that he review Battlefield Earth. In the commentary for that episode, Mr. Walker said he planned to do a clip show... but with all the clips not being from any episode. Seems like he wanted to do some personal favorites...

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender's penultimate episode had another variation: the characters attend a play about their adventures, which provides a more-or-less accurate summary of the series so far while somehow managing to get the details comically wrong and accurately poke fun at itself at the same time.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • Spoofed in the episode "The Good Ol' Ed", which had the Eds collecting things from previous episodes for a time capsule and reminiscing about past misadventures. While events of actual episodes were mentioned, all the "flashbacks" were to events never seen in previous episodes (a fake time machine scam, Edd getting a bad case of the hiccups, and the Eds trying to make the world's biggest pancake), all of which ended with the other members of the trio protesting that said event never happened. The only flashback to something that actually happened was Ed remembering the opening of the current episode, which was interrupted by Eddy smacking Ed with a fish and shouting "I hate clip shows!"
    • In a similar vein was the episode "Every Which Way But Ed," where the Eds end up getting physically lost in the flashbacks of multiple secondary characters, and must find their way back to the present. Unfortunately, they end up going so far back that they end up in the day Edd first met the other two members of the trio, and Eddy, never one to ignore a scam, has Ed slam a house on Edd to give him amnesia, so he would pay to watch Ed eat a TV. This time, however, Ed ends up accidentally eating Eddy as well.
  • The Phineas and Ferb episode "Phineas's Birthday Clip-o-Rama" is both a straight example and a subversion, because there is at least one clip in each segment that didn't come from any episode and makes no sense at all.
  • The second episode of Clerks: The Animated Series is a clip show that flashes back to a single scene of the first episode several times and then starts making up clips from episodes that had never happened. As well as showing clips from that episode that happened 5 minutes ago. Made even better by the fact that the series was shown out of production order and as such there are no clips or references to the fourth episode of the series which was actually the first to air.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • Spoofed in an episode ("The City of Clipsville"): The episode starts out looking like a clip show, but the clips quickly turn into outrageous, bizarre events that never took place. Ultimately it turns out the clip show was a clip, with them at the end saying "Remember when we were remembering things?"
    • A more subtle spoof happens in "Monkey See, Doggy Two" (the sequel to "Monkey See, Doggy Do"). The episode actually begins exactly the same way as its predecessor. When the Powerpuff Girls realize Mojo Jojo is reusing his plan they quickly confront him...and he reveals he's made a new plan by looking at the footage from his old one to figure out what he did wrong. He then shows the footage, which are clips from the original episode, as the four provide commentary.
  • Spoofed in the final episode of the Sam & Max: Freelance Police cartoon. While captured by the most memorable villains of the series, Sam and Max reminisce about things that never happened in the show. They continue to do this while escaping.
  • South Park parodies this in "City on the Edge of Forever," where the children recall incidents from past episodes, but their stories increasingly diverge from the original episodes. Eventually the kids starts lampshading the fact that the original stories didn't happen quite like that. Ultimately the episode is explained away as All Just a Dream of Cartman's, which then turns out to be a Dream Within a Dream of Stan's, who notes, "I must have some serious emotional problems!"
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "Grim Reaper Gutters" started out as a subversion of a clip show where at least a couple of the flashback turned out to be camera footage secretly compiled by Frylock and Meatwad. Their clip show ends when Meatwad, faced with his depressing and meaningless life, kills himself.
  • Duck Dodgers uses a subversion in "Deconstructing Dodgers", where specific episodes and incidents are mentioned, but the actual clips shown are outtakes, unused gags or even one-shot jokes with no setup or context whatsoever.
  • Played with in the Mike Tyson Mysteries episode "My Favorite Mystery". The Mystery Team gets stuck in an elevator with an old man and begin reminiscing about their favorite mysteries, all of them being extended clips from the Action-Hogging Opening rather than clips from previous episodes. The old man then reveals that he was present for about half of them, having been part of the bank robbery that Marquess tried to stop, then used the money to create the dinosaurs and the samurai robot Mike crashed a jet into, and was also the guy in kabuki makeup that Mike punched in the opening.
  • Subverted in Total Drama Action, where they briefly return to Camp Wawanakwa from the first season.
    Chris: If you need to take a moment to reminisce about the great times you had here...
    Everyone else: [laugh for a rather long time]
    Chris: Fine. We'll skip the good memories montage.
  • There's an episode of The Fairly OddParents in which Wanda and Timmy show clips to prove what a good godparent, friend, and humor generator Cosmo is — but they're all things that must've happened between episodes.
  • Motorcity did this with the episode "Threat Level: Texas" in which Texas retells events that happened in "Power Trip," "The Duke of Detroit" and "Going Dutch" only to match his Self-Serving Memory, so believes that all the good ideas and KaneCo attacks were performed by him instead of Mike. Everyone in these flashbacks are incredibly out of character and can't stop talking about how "awesome" Texas is.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball:
  • When Looney Tunes was still being shown in theaters, several shorts were compiled in the manner of Bugs telling stories to Yosemite Sam, and at least one where Bugs, as a (possibly) retired multimillionaire tells the story of his life to an unseen reporter; later television reruns often had segments where Bugs (and occasionally Daffy, trying to execute a Hostile Show Takeover) acted as the "host" at the beginning and end of the cartoons being shown.
  • Rick and Morty
    • In the episode "Total Rickall", the Smith household is invaded by alien parasites that multiply by implanting fake memories into people's heads, and taking on the form of a random, zany character. The parasite multiplies every time someone has a fake flashback, leading to a whole lot of fake flashbacks and colorful characters appearing out of nowhere. Eventually, the Smiths realize they can tell which family members are real by remembering bad memories of them, and the resulting flashbacks are real but new to the audience.
    • "Morty's Mind Blowers" is what Rick downright admits that is "a clip show made of clips you never sawwww!!!"
  • Teen Titans Go! has an episode literally named "Bottle Episode". It features the Titans getting stuck in a giant bottle and remembering the past through clips. It features almost nothing but lampshadings on the topic, with Robin being angry that they're remembering the past instead of singing new songs and having adventures while the others complain that trips cost money and try to make Robin believe that flashbacks aren't boring.
    • There was also "Garage Sale", which did this with items (like the Mumfie example above) rather than clips of the show.
    • "Had To Be There" had flashbacks to four previous episodes.
  • Amys Mythic Mornings has an episode dedicated to simply playing all the songs from earlier episodes without story.
  • Little Charmers has several episodes like "Magic of Charmville" which is 95% clips. It gets especially weird when they air this prior to some of the episodes the clips are from.
  • The Rotten Ralph animated series had a clip show episode in "Ralph's Bedside Manner", where the Framing Device consisted of Ralph tending to his owner Sarah while she is sick and attempting to disprove everyone's claims that he is bad at helping others.


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